Snyder aide claimed tax exemption on 2 homes

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A top aide to Gov. Rick Snyder says he’ll immediately pay local property taxes that he says were “inadvertently” exempted on his Lansing-area house at the same time he took a similar exemption on a long-time home in the Chicago area.

Richard Baird is the governor’s transformation officer and bought a house in Clinton County’s Bath Township in 2011 while his wife and daughter continued living in Palatine, Illinois.

Baird shouldn’t have been able to lower his tax bill in Michigan because the family took a similar Illinois principal residence exemption.

The Michigan house was worth about $500,000 last year. That means Baird may owe about $4,400 more in taxes for that year alone, plus penalties and interest. The Lansing-based news service MIRS first reported about the tax issue Thursday.

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